Banks 'reluctant' to force sales

Bill English says the Government has been in talks with banks about troubles facing the dairy sector.

Banks will be reluctant to force indebted dairy farmers to sell up, Finance Minister predicts.

Bids in to buy farms

Jiang Zhaobai,  chairman of Shanghai-based Pengxin Group.

Bidders have made offers for what Shanghai Pengxin says is the "legitimate" sale of NZ dairy farms.

$500,000 flood package

Thick mud covers pastures in the Waitotara Valley as floodwaters recede after June's rain dump.

Taranaki Regional Council's offer of half a million dollars for flood-stricken farmers is unique for its size.

Bank pressure starts

Pukeatua farmer Chris Lewis says dairy farmers won't forget if banks go too tough on them.

The first signs that banks are calling on dairying couples to reduce their debt levels by selling up assets are making farmers nervous.

Tractor sales crash

The average farm tractor costs a hefty $110,000.

Tractor sales for the first half of 2015 have tumbled by 17 per cent from last year's record breaking results.

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opinion

Managing the euro risk

Greeks have narrowly averted being thrown out of the Eurozone and the euro will remain the currency in most of Europe - for now at least.

OPINION: As a business owner with a few clients and some suppliers in Europe, I am feeling nervous about the Eurozone crisis and the uncertainty that it's stirring.

Collaboration behind success

Farmers have worked hard at improving their environmental impact, and plenty of others have chipped in to help. But there's still a way to go.

Better business in downcycles

Government should reconsider decision to allow raw milk sales

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Chinese stockmarket slide cause for minor concern

Chinese demand for New Zealand dairy products depends more on a global over-supply flattening out than its sharemarket wobbles.

On the surface, the Chinese stockmarket and Greek concerns look worrying when our largest food export, dairy, is struggling.

Bank pressure starts on farmers

The first signs that banks are calling on dairying couples to reduce their debt levels by selling up assets are making farmers nervous.

Bill English says the Government has been in talks with banks about troubles facing the dairy sector.

Banks 'reluctant' to force farm sales

Banks will be reluctant to force indebted dairy farmers to sell up, Finance Minister predicts.

advice

You can only control employment

Make sure you have a plan heading into the calving and lambing seasons.

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

A balanced budget

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Giant miscanthus grass growing on trial at a Kirwee dairy farm could be the future for shelter belts in Canterbury. Lincoln University researchers Steve Wratten (left) and Chris Littlejohn at one of the miscanthus trial plots. Pic supplied

A hedge with an edge

A giant sterile hybrid grass that grows to 4m could be the answer to a lot of shelter problems on farms.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Young Future Beef gun Nicolas Verry is granddad Joe Fouhy's right hand man.

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

Offers flood in for Mr Bull

Offers pour in to re-home a lovable steer after owner takes bull by the horns.

Wiltshire sheep and stud hereford breeders Mary and Martin Taylor and son Daniel brave a cold southerly to smile for the camera.

Winning ways with wiltshires and herefords

Sheep and beef farmers Martin and Mary Taylor haven't shorn or dagged a sheep in at least 10 years.

Sheep

Is shearing a dying art in NZ?

190914  News.John Bisset/ Timaru Herald farming, Shearing on Quallburn Downs near Omarama. Contact Lana Cox 02727 30607 of Adrian Cox Shearing LTD. Pictured is Chris Vickers

5:00 AM  Chris McCarthy of Pleasant Point used to drive from Ashburton to Blenheim and see nothing but corriedales.

Breeder pieces together romney jigsaw puzzle

Holmes Warren is regarded as the ''father of the modern romney''.

Wiltshire sheep and stud hereford breeders Mary and Martin Taylor and son Daniel brave a cold southerly to smile for the camera.

Winning ways with wiltshires and herefords

Sheep and beef farmers Martin and Mary Taylor haven't shorn or dagged a sheep in at least 10 years.

cropping

Long term approach yields results

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

Young fruit grower of the year named

A Waimea fruit grower has taken out the title of Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2015.

Hemp seed food sales remain on the horizon following discussions between New Zealand and Australian food safety ministers in January.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

agribusiness

Dairy futures down to US$1500 a tonne range

Dairy futures markets indicate a further reverse for prices next week.

The dairy futures market is pointing towards a continued slump in prices for next week's global dairy trade auction.

Bids in to buy Shanghai Pengxin farms

Bidders have made offers for what Shanghai Pengxin says is the "legitimate" sale of its dairy farms in south Waikato.

Thick mud covers pastures in the Waitotara Valley as floodwaters recede after June's rain dump.

$500,000 flood package for farmers

Taranaki Regional Council's offer of half a million dollars for flood-stricken farmers is unique for its size.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Video

Bigger pill bill under TPP

Protecting Pharmac's purchasing model is one of Labour's bottom lines in support for TPP, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

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